Seeing is believing, and you better believe that VSP Direct – individual vision insurance provided through VSP Vision Care – the #1 name in vision care, is working hard to spread the gift of sight as far and wide as possible.
VSP Direct already has a program in place that allows you to give an individual vision insurance plan to someone you care about. Now, they’ve made it so that your gift keeps on giving. According to VSP, 76% of American students aren’t getting the proper amount of eye exams, and one in four children has an undiagnosed vision problem. VSP Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the U.S., wants to change that statistic.
“When you give the Gift of Sight from VSP, you give twice.”
VSP Direct has launched the program #EyeGiveBack. When you purchase a vision insurance plan as a gift through December 31, 2015*, VSP will donate an eye exam and glasses to a child in need, up to a total retail value of over $115,000.
No more HOMELESS, FREEZING, or STARVING pets is the mission of Operation Warm & Cozy Inc., a dog and horse shelter founded in 2009 in New Philadelphia, Ohio. It is a no-kill sanctuary that offers pets a home if their owners are no longer able to care for them. They remain at Operation Warm & Cozy for as long as need be, until they get placed in a new loving home.
Brittany, rescued by OWC and now in a loving forever home
Along with offering shelter, Operation Warm & Cozy runs a couple of other programs to help homeless and hungry pets. They provide low-cost spay/neuter options for pet owners as well as deliver free straw to outdoor pets and provide free pet food to those in need.
Kayo Y. raised $209.55 in ONE MONTH for the Gerson Institute & Cancer Curing Society!
“The Gerson Institute is a non-profit organization in San Diego, California, dedicated to providing education and training in the Gerson Therapy, an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases,” (gerson.org). The Gerson Therapy was developed by Dr. Max Gerson as a nutritional solution for his chronic migraines. His daughter Charlotte Gerson founded the Gerson Institute to spread the word of this alternative treatment as a non-specific, immune-boosting regimen.
Kayo will receive a $150 Gift Card from Best Western as a prize for being our super shopper of the month!
“The Fight Ain’t Over so the Party Don’t Stop!” is the slogan for Zumba‘s current fundraisier – Party in Pink! Zumba hosts Zumbathon events all over the world, with all proceeds going towards the fight against breast cancer. Zumba has partnered with Susan G. Komen to raise money through DANCE. Get up off that thing and join the movement! Whether it’s one person, or one hundred, every little bit helps. Together, we are unstoppable.
For two years now, Zumba and Komen have been working towards a $3,000,000 Research Grant that is focused on prevention research. Specifically, the researchers have been looking into the effects of flaxseed on pre-menopausal women, a promising solution given the easy availability of flaxseed worldwide.
“I thought I was going to have to wear the same clothes everyday to school this year,” -Shirley, Operation School Bell recipient
“No child should wear poverty to school”
The Assistance League of Greater Portland is now in its 50th year of service to its community! Assistance League members have “assisted victims of assault, provided Life Story Books to foster children, and impacted young men in transition by working with Janus Youth.” They have also made a huge impact through the national flagship program Operation School Bell. Operation School Bell provides new clothing for over 2000 children and youth living below the poverty level in the Portland area. One member submitted this story:
“Operation School Bell® took a freshman girl, Shirley, on a shopping trip after her family’s apartment was totally gutted by fire. She had only her pajamas and flip flops. A friend gave her a pair of jeans and a top to wear and the program provided funds for underwear, tops, jeans and shoes. Shirley will start high school looking just like her friends. Self confidence goes a long way when meeting new challenges.”
The Assistance League of Greater Portland Board
Congratulations, Cheri P.! Our super shopper of the month earned $271.10 for her cause, The New England Thoroughbred Retirement Center.
The New England Thoroughbred Retirement Center’s mission is to “place Thoroughbred racehorses into loving new homes and exciting new careers.” They take racehorses who are no longer able to compete, rehabilitate and retrain them, and find new homes for them. They’ve placed Thoroughbreds all over the world, with new lives as “dressage, hunter-jumper and eventing prospects, as trail horses, Pony Club and 4-H projects, as school horses and as beloved family pets and companion animals.”
For her tremendous efforts, Cheri will receive a $100 gift card to Ulta Beauty.
Chantecaille has taken up the cause of protecting and conserving our wolf population! As they put it, “As top predators, wolves play a vital role in maintaining the natural balance of the environment. When wolves are present in our national parks, our forests, prairies, waters and all other animals are at their healthiest. While wolves have been reintroduced into the wild they are no longer protected as an endangered species in certain regions.”
2008 photo of a Lookout Pack wolf, Photo: Conservation Northwest
Chantecaille has created a Protect The Wolves collection, with 5% of all profits going to the non-profit Conservation Northwest! Conservation Northwest focuses on many aspects of wildlife and habitat preservation in the Pacific Northwest, including wolves. They believe that ” Washington can be the state where natural wolf recovery and management works in the long run; for people, wolves and all the Northwest’s wildlife.” They safeguard that recovery by helping to reduce conflicts and build social tolerance.
In the late 90s, a PTO president and class mom realized that for every field trip, class project, or activity, there were a couple students who couldn’t afford to join in. That realization sparked a small-scale, grassroots organization that identifies those needs which could be keeping children from a full educational experience and helps to alleviate those needs through an email network of donors. e-Angels Incorporated has since grown from the PTO of one solitary elementary school into a non-profit that has helped almost 900 kids at 19 different schools. e-Angels describes their mission as “Helping children fully participate in a rich educational experience regardless of socio-economic status.”
“e-Angels is an outstanding idea of providing support to our students. We have used e-angels for the past 7 years. The teachers are aware of this program and do all requests through my office. e-Angels brings smiles to the faces of students when the teacher tells the student and parent that his/her field trip has been funded. Many grandparents, parents and friends of Sunrise continue on with e-Angels to support our students.”
Barry K. Pichard, Principal Sunrise Elementary School, Brevard Co., FL
Rebecca P. is our super shopper of the month! She raised $420.75 for her cause, Glenda’s Gift!Glenda’s Gift is an animal shelter with a twist: they provide end of life care to senior and/or sick animals that are turned down by standard shelters. With a vet tech as one of the two primary caretakers at Glenda’s Gift, the shelter is able to handle more complex cases and provide sanctuary to animals in the last years of their lives.
As a thanks, Rebecca will receive a $150 gift card from Gyft.
The hotel chain Extended Stay America has partnered with the American Cancer Society in an unprecedented donation – 40,000 free or significantly reduced hotel rooms for cancer patients. Over the course of two years, Extended Stay America will provide a home away from home from those traveling for life-saving cancer treatments. The partnership, called Keys of Hope, is intended to alleviate the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge program, as it is often operating at full capacity. Extended Stay America’s donated rooms expand that capacity immensely, while curating a pleasant, home-like environment for those struggling with the burdens of fighting cancer.